Since from 2005, every year, Google has sponsored a program called “Summer of Code,” in which it offers paid internships to students who are willing to work on open source projects. The program works in a three-phase cycle, with organizations and mentors submitting proposals for their projects, then students also applying to work on said projects, and finally the two groups get connected together for a summer of open source coding madness.
Accepted students are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, gaining exposure to real-world software development and the opportunity for future employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. For the past ten days, interested students have had the opportunity to review the ideas pages for this year’s 180 accepted projects and research which projects they would like to contribute to this year. It’s likely that around 1,000 students — give or take — will be accepted into the internship program.